(a)For applicants for licensure as a psychologist
with a doctoral degree conferred prior to January 1, 1979, the transcript
must reflect a doctoral degree that designates a major in psychology
or the substantial equivalent of a doctoral degree in psychology in
both subject matter and extent of training. A doctoral degree will
be considered the substantial equivalent to a doctoral degree in psychology
if the training program meets the following criteria:
(1)Post-baccalaureate program in a regionally accredited
institution of higher learning. The program must have a minimum of
90 semester hours, not more than 12 of which are credit for doctoral
dissertation and not more than six of which are credit for master's
(2)The program, wherever it may be administratively
housed, must be clearly identified and labeled. Such a program must
specify in pertinent institutional catalogs and brochures its intent
to educate and train professional psychologists.
(3)The program must stand as a recognizable, coherent
organizational entity within the institution. A program may be within
a larger administrative unit, e.g., department, area, or school.
(4)There must be a clear authority and primary responsibility
for the core and specialty areas whether or not the program cuts across
administrative lines. The program must have identifiable faculty and
administrative heads who are psychologists responsible for the graduate
program. Psychology faculty are individuals who are licensed or certified
psychologists, or specialists of the American Board of Professional
Psychology (ABPP), or hold a doctoral degree in psychology from a
regionally accredited institution.
(5)The program must be an integrated, organized sequence
of studies, e.g., there must be identifiable curriculum tracks wherein
course sequences are outlined for students.
(6)The program must have an identifiable body of students
who matriculated in the program.
(7)The program must include supervised practicum,
internship, field or laboratory training appropriate to the practice
of psychology. The supervised field work or internship must have been
a minimum of 1,500 supervised hours, obtained in not less than a 12
month period nor more than a 24 month period. Further, this requirement
cannot have been obtained in more than two placements or agencies.
(8)The curriculum shall encompass a minimum of two
academic years of full-time graduate studies for those persons have
enrolled in the doctoral degree program after completing the requirements
for a master's degree. The curriculum shall encompass a minimum of
four academic years of full-time graduate studies for those persons
who have entered a doctoral program following the completion of a
baccalaureate degree and prior to the awarding of a master's degree.
It is recognized that educational institutions vary in their definitions
of full-time graduate studies. It is also recognized that institutions
vary in their definitions of residency requirements for the doctoral
(9)The following curricular requirements must be met
and demonstrated through appropriate course work:
(A)Scientific and professional ethics related to the
field of psychology.
(B)Research design and methodology, statistics.
(C)The applicant must demonstrate competence in each
of the following substantive areas. The competence standard will be
met by satisfactory completion at the B level of a minimum of six
graduate semester hours in each of the four content areas. It is recognized
that some doctoral programs have developed special competency examinations
in lieu of requiring students to complete course work in all core
areas. Graduates of such programs who have not completed the necessary
semester hours in these core areas must submit to the Council evidence
of competency in each of the four core areas.
(i)Biological basis of behavior: physiological psychology,
comparative psychology, neuropsychology, sensation and perception,
(ii)Cognitive-affective basis of behavior: learning,
thinking, motivation, emotion.
(iii)Social basis of behavior: social psychology,
group processes, organizational and system theory.
(iv)Individual differences: personality theory, human
development, abnormal psychology.
(10)All educational programs which train persons who
wish to be identified as psychologists will include course requirements
in specialty areas. The applicant must demonstrate a minimum of 24
hours in his/her designated specialty area.
(b)Any person intending to apply for licensure under
the substantial equivalence clause must file with the Council an affidavit
(1)Courses meeting each of the requirements noted
in subsection (a) of this rule verified by official transcripts; and
(2)Appropriate, published information from the university
awarding the degree, demonstrating that the requirements noted in
subsection (a) of this rule have been met.
The agency certifies that legal counsel has
reviewed the adoption and
found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's
Filed with the Office
of the Secretary of State on February 15, 2023
Darrel D. Spinks
Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
Effective date: March 7, 2023
Proposal publication date: September 30, 2022
For further information, please call: (512) 305-7706